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Localwise is excited to announce the 2016 Work Local Awards, a celebration of the best local employers in the Bay Area.

The Work Local Awards shines the spotlight on the boutiques, cafes, nonprofits, startups, and all the local employers that make our community great.


WINNERS

The winners were selected by a panel of community leaders in the local business and economic development space.

Meet the Work Local Awards judges

FINALISTS

Read the nominations for the finalists here.

  • Best Employer: Food & Drink -Freeland Foods, Inc. -The Hidden Vine -Duende a
  • Best Employer: Retail -Ambiance -Modern Mouse -The Local Butcher Shop aa
  • Best Employer: Education -BrainVyne -Magoosh -YMCA-PG&E Teen Center a
  • Best Employer: Startup -Nuvolum -Chalk Schools -Altruvistas a
  • Best Employer: Nonprofit -San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center -Somos Mayfair -Computer Technologies Program (CTP) a
  • Best Employer: Health & Fitness -Truve -The Source Chiropractic -Urban Fitness Oakland a
  • Best Employer: Salon & Spa -Manifesta -Melt Massage -On Edge Beauty Studio a
  • Best Employer: Professional Services -Montclair Veterinary Hospital -Lake Merritt Dental -Advent Properties Inc.
  • Best Manager -Bonnee and Abraham Elterman, As You Wish Frozen Yogurt -Amy Brueggemeyer, FB Design Build -Kyra Worthy, For Richmond a
  • Best Co-workers -Annmarie Skin Care -Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco -San Francisco Suicide Prevention a
  • Most Diverse Team -Global Glimpse -Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center -Brothers on the Rise a
  • Most Community-Oriented Employer -The Town Kitchen -Field Day -Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine a
  • Most Fun Place to Work -Blue Door Beads -Galileo Learning -The Companion Group a
  • Best Employee Perks -Location Labs -DZH Phillips -Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating a
  • Coolest Workspace -Origami Mami -Brooklyn Academy Roots -Rare Bird a
  • Best Business Pet -Simon, The Party Staff -Enzo, Nuvolum -Cooper, Convert
 

PRIZES

 

CELEBRATION PARTY

The 2016 Work Local Awards Celebration Party took place on Thursday, April 28th at The Port Workspaces in Downtown Oakland. The event featured locally-made food and drinks from Pacific Coast Brewing Co., Phil’s Sliders, Starter Bakery, Hot Italian and Vignette Soda. Here are a few photo highlights from the party.

Winners of the 2016 Work Local Awards

Winners of the 2016 Work Local Awards  

Work Local Awards Celebration Party on the terrace of The Port Workspaces in Oakland

Work Local Awards Celebration Party on the terrace of The Port Workspaces in Oakland  

2016 Work Local Awards

2016 Work Local Awards  

Maya Tobias (Localwise), Lena Robinson (Federal Reserve Bank of SF) and Ben Hamlin (Localwise)

Maya Tobias (Localwise), Lena Robinson (Federal Reserve Bank of SF) and Ben Hamlin (Localwise)  

SPONSORS

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PARTNERS

Bay Bucks

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BeVisible

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Core Performance

Berkeleyside

Hardware Massive

The Gourmez

PopUpsters

Townsquared

Christina Mitch

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Impact Hub

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